9.00pm Piers Morgan’s Life Stories ITV – A chat with Simon Cowell.
8.00pm Lambing Live BBC2 – Kate Humble and Adam Henson broadcast live from a sheep farm in Wales to capture the lambing season.
9.00pm Wonders of the Solar System BBC2 – Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most stunning locations on Earth to describe how the laws of nature have carved natural wonders across the solar system
9.00am Fake Britain BBC1 – Dominic Littlewood reveals the extent of fake goods in the UK.
4.30pm Pointless BBC2 – Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong.
6.30pm Antiques Road Trip BBC2 – Kicking off a brand new series, antiques experts David Barby and Anita Manning begin their road trip in Aberdeen
9.00pm A Band for Britain BBC2 – Series following presenter Sue Perkins as she attempts to breathe new life into Dinnington Colliery Brass Band – a once proud symbol of a quintessentially British form of music, which is now on the verge of extinction.
9.00pm Women BBC4 – Three-part documentary series about feminism and its impact on women’s lives today. Includes interviews with Kate Millett, Susan Brownmiller, Germaine Greer, and the last ever interview with novelist Marilyn French, who died in May 2009.
9.00pm The Oscars: The Highlights Sky1
9.00pm Famous, Rich and Jobless BBC1 – Actor Larry Lamb, television gardener Diarmuid Gavin, interior designer Meg Matthews and model-turned-mechanic Emma Parker Bowles put unemployment in the spotlight by agreeing to swap their fame and fortune for a world of joblessness, job-hunting and surviving on the poverty line and benefits. Continues on Wednesday
9.00pm Sidekick Stories BBC4 – Sidekick Stories looks at the role of the assistant/companion on television, from drama to sitcom and light entertainment to children’s programmes.
10.30pm The Gemma Factor BBC3 – New comedy set in West Yorkshire. Gemma Collinge wants to be famous and hounded by the world’s press by the time she turns 21. Six weeks to go and her dream inches closer when agent Kenny invites her in for a chat.
10.35pm Jobless BBC1 – Filmed throughout 2009, and seen in part through the eyes of the children, Jobless tells the interwoven stories of several families across the length and breadth of Britain, as both husband and wife cope with losing their jobs, in most cases for the first time in their lives.
8.00pm The Children’s Champion Awards Sky1 – Hosted by Chris Evans and Amanda Holden.
9.00pm Inside John Lewis BBC2 – A documentary series going behind the scenes of John Lewis – one of Britain’s biggest and best known department stores – as it tackles changing tastes, tougher competition and the worst recession for 80 years.
9.00pm Cars, Cops and Criminals BBC1
9.00pm Michelin Stars: The Madenss of Perfection BBC2 – Food writer and critic William Sitwell investigates the passions, pressures and obsessions behind that apparently all-important description, ‘Michelin-starred chef’. In the lead-up to the 2010 Guide’s publication, Sitwell goes behind the scenes to hear contrasting views on the Michelin phenomenon, from Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre White to chefs dreaming of stars and restaurateurs dismissive of them.
9.00pm Cutting Edge: Too Poor for Posh School Channel 4 – This documentary follows the journey of three of the 11 shortlisted boys as they undergo a relentless day of tests and interviews to get into Harrow.
9.00pm A League of their Own Sky1 – James Corden hosts an all-new comedy sports quiz. Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff line up as team captains, and this week’s guests include heavyweight champion David Haye.
8.30pm Eurovision: Your Country Needs You BBC1 – Graham Norton hosts as viewers choose the UK’s Eurovision entry for 2010. Includes performances from the Sugababes and Last year’s winner Norwegian Alexander Rybak.
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